Saturday, October 25, 2008
Labor of Love
June 29, 2008. I ran my first ever half marathon!
Well I did not just run but walked, dragged and cribbed. 13 miles did not seem easier when I registered for the run and boy! were they any easier.
My friend and I planned to train for several months in advance and started just in time a week before the run. Training made us confident of running at least 3 miles which is just enough to cross Seattle's 520 bridge (2.3 miles long) on foot. It was the first time ever the bridge was being opened to pedestrians.
But when we had crossed the bridge and taken a piece of rubber tire as memento, we decided to try finishing the run.
Volunteers after every mile greeted and cheered us. There were high school children offering water and glucose, people watering plants giving free shower and another group of people applauding our efforts.
5 1/2 hours of continuous and painstaking walking got me two nice event Tees and the above medal. Later I received bruised toes and strained shin too but I was told those were exclusives :)
A portion of each registration fee went to the Floyd and Dolores Jones Cancer Institute at Virginia Mason Medical Center.